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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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Friday, August 28, 2015

Crowded Saugatuck Image
Scullers were out in force Thursday on the Saugatuck River near the Saugatuck Rowing Club.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Friday,  August 28, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Luciano Park - Jam Theory & Miss Suzy’s Opus
7:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Stand-Up Comedy w/ Ryan Conner, Nick Ribolla, & Justin Cheng
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Brightside
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOE to Review $21.2M Staples Expansion Study

By James Lomuscio

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A Westport Board of Education commissioned feasibility study to expand Staples High School by 36,000-square feet to the tune of $21.2 million to accommodate a swelling student population will go to the school board Monday night, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today. Image
An artist’s rendition of a recommended Staples High School expansion module. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fuller D’Angelo P.C. graphic

He said the $20,000 study was commissioned by the board in May and was done by Elmsford, N.Y.-based architects Fuller D’Angelo P.C., the same firm hired for the expansion of the 1958-built school transformed to 465,000 square feet in 2005 at a cost of $73 million. The feasibility study was presented to school board members today, Landon said.

The current building was designed for 1,800 students even though the administration had pushed for a building with a 2,000 capacity but had to cut back for budgetary reasons, Landon said. He had said earlier that this year’s Staples enrollment was about 1,900 and that the school has been overcapacity for several years. (See WestportNow Aug. 24, 2015)

According to the report, Landon and school administrators favored the architects’ Concept B, which would add 36,320-square feet to the current building. It includes 15 new classrooms for math, languages, computer engineering, robotics, health and physical education, lectures, dance, conference rooms, teacher work rooms, special education and cafeteria expansion, as well as infrastructure upgrades.

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Country Music Salute at Levitt Image
Tonight’s country music performance by Gunsmoke at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts included a tribute to the Grand Ole Opry artists in Nashville. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

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A Touch of Fall in the Air Image
There was a touch of fall in the air tonight with jackets and some sweaters in order in the mid-60s temperature as the country music band Gunsmoke performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

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A cross-dress impersonator of Joan Crawford, Hollywood screen legend, entertained a “Bedroom Farce” pre-show audience tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) night. The impersonator recently filmed with Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” has performed her original parody songs on The Bushnell and the Shubert Theater stages, and regularly appears with the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) TYPE NAME for

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Malloy Picks Landon for State Committee

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, who is retiring after 17 years at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, to the state Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), Landon learned in a letter today. His term runs though August 2017.

The ACIR is a 24-member agency created in 1985 to study the state and local government issues “and to recommend solutions as appropriate,” according to the state website. Its membership represents state legislative and executive branches, municipalities and other local interests, as well the public.

“I’m very excited, and I hope I can contribute,” said Landon, who added that he was recommended by members of the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents (CAPSS).

According to state statute,  the ACIR, which is supported by the Office of Policy and Management has four charges: to serve as a forum for consultation between state and local officials; to conduct research on intergovernmental issues; to encourage and coordinate studies of intergovernmental issues by universities and others; and to initiate policy development and make recommendations to all levels of government.

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The Kemper-Gunn House was getting a new coat of paint today at its new home on Elm Street. One tenant has so far been announced for the house—Serena & Lily, which describes itself as “a home and lifestyle brand with a fresh, California point of view.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Former State GOP Chair Gets Year in Kickback Case

By Mark Pazniokas

Connecticut’s former Republican state chairman, George Gallo, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Hartford to a year and a day in prison for taking kickbacks on campaign mailings he arranged as chief of staff to the state legislature’s House GOP caucus.

Judge Vanessa L. Bryant told Gallo he abused his state employment by accepting $117,000 from a Florida direct mail company, a sum equal to 10 percent of the business Gallo sent the company in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 campaign cycles.

“It siphoned public resources for personal gain, and it is a betrayal of the public trust,” Bryant said.

The mailings all were provided to candidates who accepted public financing under the Citizens Election Program, a reform passed in 2005 in response to the bid-rigging scandal that forced Gov. John G. Rowland from office in July 2004.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘The End of the Tour,’ ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘Hitman: Agent 47’

By Susan Granger

“The End of the Tour” documents the final five days of David Foster Wallace’s 1996 book tour for his epic 1,079-page novel “Infinite Jest” by ambitious Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky. Image

Jason Segel is Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg is Lipsky. They chat about a variety of subjects, the most interesting of which is how reclusive Wallace has tried to adjust to his sudden fame and celebrity.

Not so coincidentally, Lipsky’s own first novel, “The Art Fair,” was just published when he convinced his Rolling Stone editor (Ron Livingston) that he felt a genuine kinship with Wallace, although what comes across in his profile is a curiously intoxicating combination of envy and adulation.

Lipskey journeyed to Bloomington, Indiana, to meet Wallace in his ranch-style home. They go to a bookstore and do a Minneapolis-based publicity jaunt, where Joan Cusack is their no-nonsense driver.

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Coley the Colt Greeting Image
Coley the Colt, mascot of Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School, greeted youngsters today on the first day of school. Assistant Principal Kim Ambrosio looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Janna Bell Sirowich, principal of Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School, welcomes a kindergartner today on the first day of school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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August School Start Feels Like Fall Image
Students at Westport’s Bedford Middle School make their way to classes today as school began on an August day that was crisp and clear, feeling more like fall than summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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