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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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Monday, September 26, 2016

Police Arrest Pennsylvania Man in Sex Assault

Westport police early today arrested a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man on sexual assault and other charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a Hale’s Court address.

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Charles Ayala: bail set at $25,000.  Westport Police photo

Charles Ayala of Upper Darby, Pa. was charged with sexual assault fourth-degree, burglary first-degree, unlawful restraint second-degree, and creating a public disturbance, police said.He was held on $25,000 bond for a court appearance today.

The incident began with a 12:30 a.m. call at a Hale’s Court address on a report of a disturbance, said Lt. David Farrell.

A woman who lives at the address told police she awoke to find her son’s friend, Ayala, standing over her while in she was in bed, unbuckling his pants, Farrell said. She pushed him away, ran to a neighbor’s home where she took refuge, as Ayala followed.

Police said Ayala and and the woman’s son had been partying at the house and one on Inwood Lane before the incident.

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Good Day for Sailing

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Sunday’s blue skies and temperatures in the 70s made for good sailing weather on Long Island Sound off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 26, 2016


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Scrivener Writing Software 101—Part 1
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
8 p.m. - Westport Library - Viewing & Discussion of 1st Presidential Debate

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Comings & Goings: Pier 1 Imports Closing

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Home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. at Westport’s 1460 Post Road East will close at the end of October, according to a store employee. Signage at the entrance advertises discounts on inventory and reminds customers of other nearby Pier 1 stores in Fairfield, Norwalk and Danbury. Pier 1 Imports has been in Westport since 1974, first at 645 Post Road East. In the following years its locations included 950 Post Road East, now Men’s Wearhouse. The company announced in April 2015 it planned to close about 100 stores over the next three years, primarily through natural lease expirations and relocations. This, it said, is part of efforts to drive growth through its online platform, reduce occupancy and payroll costs, and improve efficiency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cleaning Up the Saugatuck

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Members of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church as well as groups from Ridgefield, New Canaan and Greenwich participated today in the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup that included the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

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Hauling Marsh Trash

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Members of Saugatuck Congregational Church took part today in the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup that included the Saugatuck River. More than 500 pounds of refuse were pulled from the shores and marshes alongside the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

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Reception Celebrates Larry Silver N.Y. Photo Exhibit

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Westport photographer Larry Silver today addresses a reception at the New York Historical Society where his exhibit “Photographs by Larry Silver, 1949-1955,” opened July 1. The exhibit showcasing 45 photos of post-war New York City life by the Bronx-born photographer runs until Dec. 4. The Society is at 170 Central Park West (77th Street). Silver is a 43-year resident of Westport and a recipient of the Westport Arts Achievement Award in the Visual Arts in 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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Reuniting With Old Friends

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Westport photographer Larry Silver (c) embraces his friends Gloria and Howard Paul of Nyack, N.Y.  today while posing for a photograph in front of his own photographic work. Silver photographed the couple at her grandmothers house in Bronx N.Y. on their way to the prom in 1955. A reception to celebrate “Photographs by Larry Silver 1949-1955” was held at the New York Historical Society 170 Central Park West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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Cause Sought in Wall Fire at Positano Ristorante

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UPDATE Westport firefighters at Positano Ristorante late today after extinguishing a small fire in a wall between the main dining room and kitchen of the restaurant next to the Westport Country Playhouse. Arriving firefighters saw flames, opened the wall, and quickly knocked the fire down, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows. There were no injuries and cause of the blaze was under investigation. The restaurant was closed for the evening with reopening dependent on a health inspection Monday, according to John Cimarosa, of the Westport Weston Health District who responded to the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Small Fire at Positano Ristorante Extinguished

UPDATE Westport firefighters today quickly extinguished a small fire in a wall of the Positano Ristorante, fire officials said.

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Firefighters used a large fan to clear smoke from the restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Firefighters responded shortly after 5 p.m. to the restaurant on Powers Court, next to the Westport Country Playhouse, on a report of smoke in the building.

On arrival, they saw flames coming from a wall between the main dining room and the kitchen, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows.

They opened the wall and quickly extinguished the fire and then checked for extension, and found none, he said.

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Mike Kulich, 29

Mike Kulich, a 2004 Staples High School graduate who became a top executive in the adult entertainment industry, died late Friday or early Saturday, Adult Video News (AVN) reported. He was 29.

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MIke Kulich: 2004 Staples grad. File photo

It quoted longtime friend Rob Russell as saying that he found Kulich’s body at around 9 p.m. Saturday in his Los Angeles living room after his fiancée, Erin Clark, called Russell concerned that she had not been able to reach Kulich in about a day.

Clark and Kulich were scheduled to be married next month, and Russell was to serve as Kulich’s best man, AVN said.

“An official cause of death has not been issued, but Russell said Clark had suspected that Kulich was having a drug relapse,” the report said.

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Baseball Seniors State Champs

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The Westport Cardinals won the Major Senior Baseball League state championship today on the home field at Doubleday. Lead by manager Billy Thornton, the Cardinals won best out of three to beat the Newtown Outlaws. Co-MVP’s were Steve Anagnastou and Brendan Taylor. This is their first championship since 2001. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Paving and Milling Schedule Announced

Westport Director of Public Works Steve Edwards has announced the start of the 2016 paving program beginning Monday.

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Milling work closed one lane of Greens Farms Road last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

An announcement said the following roads will be subject to milling and paving operations in coming weeks with the work to be completed by early November, weather permitting:

Hockanum Road; Lee’s Lane’ Sylvan Road North; Woodside Avenue; Ludlow Road; Edge Hill Lane; Cavalry Road; Highland Road; Highland Road, No. 2; Apache Trail; Primrose Lane; Hyde Lane; Meadowbrook Lane; Brook Lane;  Westfair Drive (first 270 feet); Prospect Road; Signal Lane; Hillandale Road, and Old Hillandale Road.

An announcement asked residents of these roads to park off of the street during milling and paving operations so as to not impede the work crews.

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Youths Sought for New Police-Youth Club

The Westport Police Department and Westport Youth Services are looking for students in grades 8-10 for a new Westport Police-Youth Club, an announcement said.

The club’s aim is to enhance communication and foster a better understanding between the two groups, it said.

Funded through a grant award from the CT Office of Policy and Management and its Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the club will include monthly meetings, team building, and community service opportunities for youth and Westport police officers to work together.

By bringing students and police together in a nonenforcement capacity for meaningful discussion, the group hopes to continue to strengthen a healthy community with a foundation of mutual respect, the announcement said. 

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Sunday, September 25, 2016


10:30 a.m. - St. Paul Lutheran Church (41 Easton Road) - 30th Anniversary of St. Paul Christian School Celebration
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Camping with Henry & Tom”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Javascript for New Programmers
9 p.m. - Training Room, Westport Police Department - Board of Finance Special Meeting

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wakeman Town Farm Hosts Harvest Fest

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An estimated 240 guests tonight attended the annual Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest fundraiser—the largest yet in its seven-year history. The organizing committee called it a “virtual roof raising” as funds will go toward getting the farmhouse roof fixed and building a community classroom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Welcome to Harvest Fest

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Liz Milwe (l) and Christy Colasurdo, co-chairs of the Wakeman Town Farm, welcome guests to the seventh annual Harvest Fest tonight. The fundraising event will help fix the farmhouse roof and build a community classroom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Gallery: Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest


Scenes from tonight’s Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest fundraiser at the farm; WestportNow.com photos

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Riding Wakeman History

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Wakeman Town Farm steward Mike Aitkenhead (r) and board member Bill Constantino, grandson of Ike and Pearl Wakeman, former owners of the property, park the original farm tractor in place, to get ready for the Harvest Fest benefit tonight at the town-owned farm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com

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Helping Out

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Staples High School varsity cheerleaders and coach cheered on walkers and runners today at the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer at Harbor Point in Stamford. Pictured (l-r): Coach Jeannie Holst, Paige Lundquist, Julieanne McGrath, Lily Wallace, Annsley Martin, Aliza Dodge and Lili Tucker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Conributed photo

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Touring Historic Westport

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Edward F. Gerber, past president of the Westport Historical Society (WHS), today led a walking tour of the Kings Highway North Historic District. The tour gave history buffs an opportunity to learn about one of the town’s oldest settled areas with some homes dating to the mid-1700s. At one stop, Marc Lotti (l) owner of the 1760-built house at 96 Kings Highway North, provided a history of the house as well as a description of ongoing renovations that maintain its historical integrity. Gerber told the group that the house has been selected as a showplace on the WHS annual Holiday House Tour on Dec. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Oktoberfest in Westport

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Westport’s Rothbard Ale + Larder European Gastropub celebrated Oktoberfest today in the alley and front of the Old Town Hall at 90 Post Road East. The festivities continue until 11 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Offering a Taste

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A guest at today’s Okotberfest celebration at Rothbard Ale + Larder, 90 Post Road East, offers up some brew to a four-legged celebrant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Honoring Ancestors

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Yoko Kawai of Hamden, vice president of the Japan Society of Fairfield County, dances a traditional Japanese dance today at the group’s Bon Odori Festival on Jesup Green. Postponed from August when the weather was too hot, the festival is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Hundreds Walk for Food Allergy Research

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Hundreds today attended the Connecticut FARE Walk for Food Allergy at Sherwood Island State Park. FARE stands for Food Allergies Research & Education. Organizers urged attendees to display a teal pumpkin on Halloween to respect individuals managing food allergies by providing nonfood treats for trick-or-treaters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Suzuki School Opens at New Location

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Students at the Suzuki Music School of Westport perform today at the official opening of the school’s new 7,000 square feet location at 246 Post Road East in the Colonial Green complex, former home of the Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage (MTC). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cutting the Ribbon

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Cutting the symbolic ribbon today at the new home of the Suzuki Music School of Westport were (l-r)  Sheila Ward, school board member; Sarah Smale, assistant director; Amadeo Rodriguez, board chairman; First Selectman Jim Marpe, and Andrew Smith, director, Suzuki Music Schools.  Marpe said today’s performance by the young musicians reminded him of his younger days when he performed on the clarinet. “It gives me much pleasure to see so many youths skillfully playing the violin and developing the very important music discipline at an early age,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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The Big Sort

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Workers today sort through items brought to Household Hzardous Waste Collection Day at 180 Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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