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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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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Comings & Goings: Qdoba Mexican Grill to Playhouse Square Image
Qdoba Mexican Grill will open soon at Playhouse Square, 275 Post Road East, in the space formerly occupied by Pierre Deux, the french country interior design and home furnishings store which closed three years ago. (See WestportNow Aug. 16, 2011)  Described as fast, casual, fresh Mex, Colorado-based Qdoba, founded in 1995 by Anthony Miller and Robert Hauser, has 600 locations in the United States and Canada, including Norwalk and Fairfield. The chain originally opened under the name Zuma, then changed to Z-Teca and, in 1999, adopted the name Qdoba. In 2003, the company was acquired by Jack-in-the-Box. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sneak Peek at Qdoba Image
A worker today gets the new Qdoba Mexican Grill ready for opening at 275 Post Road East in Playhouse Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Comings & Goings: Bar de Beaute to Taylor Place Image
A skin care salon, Bar de Beaute, will open soon at 24 Taylor Place, the prior location of Jacadi Children’s apparel and its successor, Chic Jolie, women’s apparel. Bar de Beaute, located across from Tiffany & Co., is owned by Judith Connors, who also has the Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Clinic, 382 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Westport Rabbi: ‘Important to Support Israel With Our Presence’

(Editor’s note: Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn of The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston, and Wilton returned home today after a brief visit to Israel with two fellow Westporters.) Image
Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn visiting with children in Ashkelon whose summer camp was moved to a bomb shelter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

By Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn

I joined a group of mostly rabbis from the United States and Israel on the Rabbinical Assembly/Masorti Movement Emergency Mission to Israel.

I was the only rabbi who brought congregants with me: Larry Kleinman and Orna Stern of Westport.  We were the first rabbinic mission to arrive since the conflict/war started. We arrived Monday night and returned today.

Highlights included visiting the southern towns that are targeted the most by the rocket attacks. We visited children who are spending their days in a bomb shelter instead of outside at summer camp. 

We visited with various members of the Knesset, a woman who runs a trauma organization, and Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali Fraenkel, the Israeli teen who was kidnapped and killed a few weeks ago.

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Westporter on the Front Lines Image
Orna Stern of Westport, a native of Israel, was among three Westporters from The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston, and Wilton who visiited Israel this week and returned home today. She is pictured at a spot in Sderot overlooking Gaza where residents have gathered day after day to cheer Israeli strikes on Gaza. Sderot is a western Negev city in the Southern District of Israel with a population of about 24,000. Contributed photo

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I-95 Crash Injures Three Image
A three-car crash on I-95 southbound between exits 18 and 17 today injured three persons and tied up morning rush hou traffic. Westport firefighters had to extricate one victim from one of the cars, according to reports from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for

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Thursday,  July 24, 2014

9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Library - Writing 101: Intro Course for Fiction & Non-fiction
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions”
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Tinker Camp
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Whale Rider”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening Reception, “Larry Silver/Westport Visions”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Move Your Boundaries: Jean-Paul Desrosier on the Marathon des Sables
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Mainstage - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “Cabaret”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Casuarina

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

First Night of Levitt Children’s Series Image
The new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight launched the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series with a free concert by Grammy nominee Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could. Hundreds of visitors turned out to hear the band perform roots rock for kids with jaunty tunes using mandolin, accordion, guitar, piano and more. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carleigh Welsh for

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At the Rope Line Image
Youngsters moved to the rope line in front of the Levitt Pavilion stage tonight to dance to the sounds of Grammy nominee Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Levitt Fun Image
Kristina Hacker (l), 20, and her niece, Skylar Hacker, 7,  of Fairfield enjoy the festitivities tonight at the Levitt Pavilion’s opening night for the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Bike Ride Team Meets Cancer Challenge

By James Lomuscio

Geographically, it is all downhill, admits Lucas Fortini, director of cycling for Sherpa Fitness at Westport’s 1555 Post Road East. Image
In Westport, Team Sherpa members taking part in this weekend’s CT Challenge are (l to r) Lucas Fortini, Brett Jones and Jean Desrosiers, owner of Sherpa Fitness on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

Still, that doesn’t mean Friday’s 85-mile trek from Lakeville in Litchfield County to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport will be a breeze. He expects a lot of pedaling, pumping and uphill climbs.

“We roll out of Lakeville at 7:30, and everybody should be reaching the Hunt Club by noon,” Fortini said about the 10th annual CT Challenge Bike Ride taking place Friday and Saturday, raising funds to support programs for cancer survivors.

On Saturday, Fortini plans to be back on his light weight, full carbon racing bike at 7:30 a.m. to complete a 100-mile loop from the Hunt Club through northern Fairfield County and back.

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Talking Transportation: We’re Already Paying Tolls

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Did it come to anyone’s surprise that Connecticut roads were recently named “worst” in the United States in a White House study conducted by the American Society of Civil Engineers? Image

They told us what we already know:  41 percent of Connecticut’s 21,000 miles of highways are in “poor” condition and 30 percent of our 4,200 bridges are “structurally deficient.”

This comes as Congress could only come up with a short-term patch for the gaping pothole known as the Highway Trust Fund after Republicans rejected the president’s plan for a four-year $302 billion transportation plan financed by a gasoline tax and elimination of corporate tax breaks.

But kudos to our U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) for having the political guts to call for a gas tax increase to make up for dwindling revenue as Americans drive more fuel efficient cars. 

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Debra Lane Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Debra Lane, off Sprucewood Lane in the Fairfield County Hunt Club area, is in process. Built in 1966, the two-story colonial has 3,245 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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