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Monday, May 30, 2016

Sunny Enjoying Memorial Day

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Sunny, the 23-foot tall Westport Sunrise Rotary Club duck mascot, was back in upright position today on the Saugatuck River, enjoying Memorial Day and the nearby flags on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge. The duck, which is promoting the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 4, capsized on Saturday, drawing much attention from passersby. (See WestportNow May 28, 2016). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Showing the Flags

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A father today shows his children the flags on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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All Escape Injury in Compo Road South Crash

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A two-car crash on Compo Road South at Bluewater Hill today caused one car with three persons to roll over on its side. They were not seriously injured, nor was the person or persons in the other car. Police on the scene would not say how many were in the second car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Investigating Crash

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Police, fire, and EMS personnel at the scene of a two-car crash today on Compo Road South at Bluewater Hill. There were no serious injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Memorial Day Party Time

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Even though there was no Westport Memorial Day parade this year, that did not stop Westporters hosting Memorial Day parties around town. This one was at Kristen and Doug Tirola’s home on Myrtle Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Saying Thank You as ‘We Pass by Their Gravestones’

By James Lomuscio

It may have rained today on what had hoped to be Westport’s annual Memorial Day Parade, but the spirit of the day, the reason for the holiday, was alive and well in the Town Hall auditorium.

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Grand Marshal Joe Schachter, 90. today recounted his war experiences and paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives protecting American freedoms at the Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hellen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

There, those who had served from World War II forward were cheered by a standing-room-only crowd that had come to honor those who didn’t come back, making the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

Led by Grand Marshal Joe Schachter, a 90-year-old World War II Navy ensign who served in the Pacific, the event featured military marching band music by the Staples High School band and heartfelt speeches by First Selectman Jim Marpe, William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, and Schachter.

And all the while, the Honor Guard, four men representing each branch of the service, stood at solemn attention.

More "Saying Thank You as ‘We Pass by Their Gravestones’"

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Gallery: Memorial Day Ceremony


Scenes from today’s Memorial Day ceremony held at Westport Town Hall after rain-caused cancellation of the Memorial Day parade. Dave Matlow, Phyllis Groner, and Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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SRO for Indoor Memorial Day Ceremony

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More than 300 persons crammed into the Westport Town Hall auditorium today for a Memorial Day ceremony moved indoors following the weather-caused cancellation of the annual parade. Grand Marshal Joseph Schachter, 90, recounted his U.S. Navy efforts during World War II and salute fellow veterans who were in the audience and who gave their lives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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‘It’s the Only Thing That Fits After 71 Years’

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Westport Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Joe Schachter, 90, tips his hat to the Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony crowd today, saying his Naval hat is the only part of his uniform “that fits after 71 years.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Heat Too Much for Band Member

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The audience at today’s indoor Memorial Day ceremony at Westport Town Hall, including First Selectman Jim Marpe (r), applaud a Staples High School band member who fell off the stage while Marpe was speaking, apparently overcome by the heat inside the crammed meeting place. The youngster gave a wave to the crowd as he was taken to an ambulance by Westport EMS personnel and police. Marpe said the quick attention from Westport first responders in the room exemplified the excellent services they provide town residents. He noted that many first responders have served or are serving in the military. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Greeting From the Grand Marshal

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Westport Memorial Day Grand Marshal Joe Schachter greets friend John Luscombe in the Town Hall audience today prior to the ceremony moved indoors after rain forced cancellation of the parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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‘We Brought the Parade Inside to You’

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With the Westport Memorial Day parade canceled by weather today for the first time in five years, parade organizer Bill Vornkhal told a packed indoor Town Hall ceremony, “We brought the parade inside to you” as he introduced the Col. John Chester Fife and Drum Corps from Wethersfield,  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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T-Shirt Sales Aid Fire Colleague in Military

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Following a Memorial Day ceremony today at West[prt Fire Headquarters, 515 Post Road East, Westport firefighters show support for fellow firefighter James “Doc” Branson, currently serving in the military as a medic in Jordan. Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury said the $15 proceeds from the sale of each t-shirt buys supplies which are sent to Branson in Jordan for distribution to his armed forces associates. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Showing Their Gratitude

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Westporters Kate and John Procaccini, daughter Mila, 4 weeks, and son, Cameron, 2, were special guests today at the annual Westport Fire Department Memorial Day service. They expressed their thanks to Firefighter Christopher Carrol (r), who was among fire, police, and EMS personnel who helped deliver Mila at their Crescent Road home on April 27. (See WestportNow April 27, 2016). Said the proud father: “I couldn’t have done it without all your help. I am so grateful.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Special Recognition

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Westport Fire Chief Andy Kingsbury (l) singled out Assistant Chief Larry Conklin for special recognition today at the department’s annual Memorial Day service at Fire Headquarters. Conklin is retiring June 1, one month shy of 36 years with the department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Power Outages Reported

UPDATE As Tropical Depression Bonnie moved through the area today, a number of Westport customers were without power, Eversource Energy said.

At 9:25 a.m, the utility said 94 Westport customers were without power.

It said all were restored a short time later.

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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to a train with mechanical difficulties in the vicinity of Harrison, N.Y.

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NWS Radar Update

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The National Weather Service released this radar update just before 6:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) NWS graphic

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Westport Memorial Day Parade Canceled

Westport officials announced that due to the weather, today’s Memorial Day parade has been canceled.

A ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.

“Due to the high likelihood of continuing rain showers (heavy at times ) through the morning, the Memorial Day parade has been canceled,” First Selectman Jim Marpe said in a statement.

It is the first weather-caused cancellation of the annual parade since 2011.

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Heading Home

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A sailboat heads into the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach Sunday night at the end of a summer-like day of sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 30, 2016 - Memorial Day


Westport Town Hall, Library, and Public Schools are closed.
9 a.m. - Riverside Avenue to Veterans Green - Memorial Day Parade Canceled
10 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Memorial Day ceremony
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Open House

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fallen Tree Knocks Out Power

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Westport’s Newtown Turnpike at Woodcock Road was closed for a short period of time tonight while crews cleared a fallen tree from the roadway and off of power lines. Late tonight, Eversource Energy reported 86 Westport customers were without power but that all were restored by 11;30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying the Sun Before Expected Rain

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with visitors today, enjoying sunny weather in the mid-80s ahead of what is forecast to be a rainy Memorial Day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Crowded Sherwood Island State Park

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Thousands of visitors, many from out of state, crowded the beaches of Sherwood Island State Park in Westport today to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend sunny weather ahead of Monday’s rainy forecast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Busy Sherwood Island State Park Day

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Cars line up today to enter Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. The Memorial Day and July 4th weekends in the past have recorded about 20,000 visitors daily. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Watching Eggs at Compo

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One of two Oystercatchers watches over some eggs near the wall of the South Beach at Compo Beach on Saturday. They were taking turns sitting on some eggs. Some Westporters, knowing the birds are an endangered species, worried that the eggs were in danger from humans, as well as some gulls. By today, the area was marked off by cones and yellow tape. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Awaiting Hatching

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Oystercatcher eggs lie undisturbed today on South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach surrounded by protective cones with no Oystercatchers in sight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Beware of Eggs

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Cones and yellow tape appeared today around some oystercatcher eggs on South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach to warn beach goers of the presence of the eggs of the endangered species. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Threat of Rain for Memorial Day Parade

UPDATE Westport town officials announced early Monday that this year’s traditional Memorial Day parade has been canceled due to rain. WestportNow.com Image
A fife and drum corps marches into the Westport Town Hall auditorium in 2011, the last time bad weather forced cancellation of the Memorial Day parade, as Bill Vornkahl, president of the Veterans Council, watches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Instead, there will be a 10 a.m. ceremony in the Town Hall auditorium—just as there was in 2011, the last time the parade was canceled due to weather.

Meanwhile, the Westport Fire Department will hold its own memorial service at 8 a.m. at Fire Headquarters, 515 Post Road East.

This is only the fifth time in the now 46-year tenure of parade organizer Bill Vornkhal that the Memorial Day parade has been canceled.

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Staples Players Ready for ‘Harvey’

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The Staples Players cast and crew of the upcoming production of “Harvey,” a student-directed effort, posed for a group shot by the Saugatuck River. The 1945 Pulitzer-winning comedy by Mary Chase will be presented Thursday, June 2, Friday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 at 5 p.m. at Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East. Pictured (l-r) Georgia Wright, 14, freshman; Jordan Goodness,18, senior; Zoe Fox, 18, senior, assistant director; Aaron Samuels, 18, senior, and Michael Dodd, 16, sophomore, stage manager. For tickets, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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