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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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Saturday, August 01, 2015

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Teragram Place Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Teragram Place, off St. John Place, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-3/4 story cape has 1,210-square feet and is situated on a .34-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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Blue Moon Osprey Image
An Osprey at Westport’s Longshore Club Park Friday night under a blue moon (the second full moon in a month with two full moons.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

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Saturday,  August 1, 2015

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
1 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Nancy Ferriello on Mindless Eating
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PTC Creo: CAD Design Workshop Series
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Early Clove

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Hartwell Steps Down as Dem Town Committee Chair Image
John Hartwell (l), chair of the Westport Democratic Town Committee, announced tonight at a Democratic potluck dinner at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach that he has stepped down to concentrate on his race for the Board of Finance. Taking over is Keith Stein (r), vice chair.  Hartwell said while he has enjoyed serving as town chair, there was a need now to focus on Democrats regaining control of the finance board. The other Democratic nominee for the board is Sheri Gordon, currently serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Incumbent Democrat Janis Collins is not seeking reelection.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nicholas Pisarro, Jr. for

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Firefighters Extinguish Gas Grill Fire Image
Westtport firefighters today extinguished a rear yard gas grill fire on Janson Drive. While stretching a hose to the flames, the 15-pound propane tank “vented,” sending flames about 10 feet from the valve connection, said Assistant Chief Larry Conklin.  The fire was quickly put out and the remaining propane vented using a fog spray from the fire hose, he said.  Conklin advised homeowners to keep propane-fueled gas grills away from the house, and, if possible, to keep the valve connection facing away from the residence.  Contributed photo

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Richard J. Sweetnam, Sr.,80

Richard (Dick) J. Sweetnam, Sr., a 43-year Westport resident, died July 29 at home. He was 80. Image
Richard J. Sweetnam, Sr.: ex-IBMer. Contributed photo

The husband of Evelyn Sweetnam was born April 3, 1935 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from St. Augustine’s High School in 1953,  and Fordham University with a B.S. in 1958.

During his final year of undergraduate school, he was elected president of the Student Council for the Downtown School of Business.  He attended Fordham’s Law School from which he graduated in 1965.  He retired as a member of the Connecticut and New York state and federal bars

He and his family moved to Westport in 1972 from Huntsville, Alabama, where he had been counsel at IBM’s Space Systems Center. 

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today welcomes Bill Harmer, the Westport Library’s new executive director, to Town Hall for their first monthly review meeting. Harmer, director of the Chelsea District Library in Chelsea, Michigan, was selected the Westport Library’s new executive director replacing Maxine Bleiweis, who retired after 17 years.(See WestportNow June 2, 2015)  Harmer assumed his duties in Westport on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Westport Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Stephen R. Krawitz, a New York personal injury lawyer charged with stealing more than $600,000 in settlements from more than a dozen of his firm’s clients, pleaded guilty on six counts in New York Supreme Court Wednesday, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Image
Stephen Krawitz: to be sentenced Sept. 29. Westport Police photo

Krawitz, who was arrested at his Ludlow Road home in December (see WestportNow Dec. 12, 2014)  pleaded guilty to four counts of grand larceny in the second degree, two counts of scheme to defraud in the first degree, a spokeswoman for Vance said.

Judge Melissa Jackson promised him a sentence of four to 12 years, though Vance’s office had sought a five- to 15-year sentence, the spokeswoman said.

Krawitz, who has been held since his December arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept 29, at which time the court will also be issuing restitution judgment orders, she said. His bail had been set at $1 million. After pleading guilty, he was remanded until sentencing, according to court officials.

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Westport Police Seek Larceny Suspect Image
The Westport Police Department today requested the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in this surveillance photo. On Sunday,  a customer accidentally left his wallet on the side counter at the Country Store, 332 Wilton Road. After leaving the store, he realized that he had left it there and returned. While reviewing the surveillance video with the manager, they observed that the male customer behind him had picked up his wallet and then left the store. The suspect in the picture is described as a Hispanic male in his late 30s Anyone who may have information about the identity of the suspect is requested to contact the Westport Police Department Detective Bureau at (203)341-6080. Westport Police photo

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Spanning Generations, Same Look for New Bridge

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s North Avenue bridge spanning the Merritt Parkway today looked bareboned, much of its concrete deck jack hammered out, exposing steel ribs hidden for more nearly 80 years. Image
The North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway as it looked today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

As the wind of rushing vehicles moved rhythmically below, Shalal Hussein, project engineer for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT), said it was one of four Merritt Parkway bridges under reconstruction. The others are the ones at Chestnut Hill Road and Perry Avenue, both in Norwalk, and Main Street in Stratford.

Like all of the Merritt’s 69 original bridges, each with a unique architectural design representing 1930s styles, the North Avenue bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“It’s a very gorgeous bridge,” Hussein said as he walked sections of the 1939 art deco structure, for years set apart by its black stone and parapets with fiddle-fern and flower motifs.

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North Avenue Bridge Repairs Under Way

Scenes today of the repair and reconstruction of the 1939-built North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway. Engineers hope to complete the work by Aug. 17. Dave Matlow for and CDOT photo

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New and Used Shoes Wanted Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was Westport’s first donor of a pair of shoes to the Soles4Souls collection box today in the Town Hall lobby. Westport Attorney G. Kenneth Bernhard announced the collection box is available for shoe donations through the month of August.  Bernhard said another collection box is available at the Center for Senior Activities. Bernhard, who led a similar humanitarian campaign in Westport in 2011, said more than 700 pair of shoes were donated in the one-month collection period. The shoes go to people in need in the United States and abroad. (See WestportNow May 27, 2011) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Alyson A. Williams, 54

Alyson A. Williams, formerly of Weston and later Westport, died July 19 in Branford after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 54. Image
Alyson Williams: graphic artist. Mike Thut photo

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts and raised in Weston, she chose to live near her family and friends in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, where she could garden and smell the salt air.

She was the daughter of Cynthia Williams of Weston, and sister to Heather Williams of Westport, and Carrie Gilbertie of Stratford, and brother-in-laws Colin Walklet and Tom Gilbertie. She was the doting aunt to Taylor Walklet, and Sarah and Grace Gilbertie.

Her longtime companion David Clogg of Black Rock, and his children, Allison and Bryan Clogg, also survive her, and she was a loving caregiver to Pita and Koda, her beloved animals. She was a best friend and soul sister to dozens.

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