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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed

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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, December 27, 2014

Going Geese

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A skein of geese makes it way Friday night over the Saugatuck River across from Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  December 27, 201


No Westport Farmers Market today.
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, December 26, 2014

For First Night, More Buck for the Bang

By James Lomuscio

Despite an almost 30 percent cost increase from the original budget, First Night Westport Weston fireworks will be launched from a barge in the Saugatuck River, Barbara Pearson-Rac, event coordinator, said today.

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Crowds on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center watch the First Night fireworks last New Year’s Eve. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Pearson-Rac had originally proposed having the 10 p.m., 200-foot high pyrotechnics display launched from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, shutting down Post Road traffic there for a half-hour, leaving one lane open for emergency vehicles only.

But the Board of Selectmen, citing safety concerns, unanimously shot that plan down at its Dec. 17 meeting. The selectmen based their decision on concerns voiced by police and fire officials.

Not wanting the event to be a dud, especially at a time most First Nights have shut down, Pearson-Rac said she worked closely with Second Selectman Avi Kaner to find an alternative. They talked with Amherst, N.H.-based Atlas Fireworks, she said, and the company’s consultant figured a way for a barge launch despite previous concerns the river’s water would be too low.

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Online Returns Busy Today, Too

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Retail stores were not the only ones busy handling gift returns and exchanges today. The UPS store, 606 Post Road East, was also busy with holiday gift return shipments to online companies..  According to a UPS counter agent, “We’ve sent a ton of packages back to Internet companies so far today.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Many Happy/Early Returns

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Customers returning presents kept sales personnel busy today at Westport’s J. Crew, 145 Main St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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After Christmas Sales Draw Shoppers

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Westport Main Street stores, including Brooks Brothers (above), were crowded with shoppers today taking advantage of after Christmas sales and returning or exchanging presents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  December 26, 2014


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”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Police Rescue Two Men From Capsized Boat

UPDATE Two Weston men were rescued from a sailboat that capsized today in Long Island Sound near Sherwood Island State Park, Westport Police said.

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Westport emergency personnel assist two men at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach following their rescue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News12.com photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, those rescued were Jeffrey Oliver-Smith and Timothy Cataldo. Police did not disclose their ages.

He said they refused medical attention, even though both had been in the water, clinging to the 16-foot, 9-inch ODay Daysailer capsized hull, for about an hour and 20 minutes.

“They were initially seen off of Compo Beach around 1:50 p.m. with the boat turned over,” Farrell said. “A witness called us, so we went down with the dive team with an inflatable.

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Christmas Day Rescue

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Westport EMS personnel converge on a police boat after two men rescued from Long Island Sound waters were brought ashore today. Police said the two men were in boat that capsized about a quarter mile offshore near Sherwood Island State Park. They did not require medical assistance, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News12.com photo

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Rescued

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A Westport EMS worker today assists one of two men rescued from a capsized sailboat off Sherwood Island State Park after a Norwalk Police boat brought the men to the Compo Beach marina. Police said despite being in the water for about and hour and 20 minutes, they did not require medical treatment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News12.com photo

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No Holiday for Emergency Workers

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Westport police and EMS personnel today await a police boat bringing two rescued boaters back to the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Christmas Day Walk on the Beach

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A Christmas Day walk on Compo Beach was the right activity today for many people as unusually warm weather made it a balmy Christmas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Balmy Compo Christmas

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Compo Beach was a Christmas Day destination for many Westporters today with sunny skies and temperatures near 50. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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