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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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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Changing Colors on First Day of Fall

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Monday was the first day of fall and trees are already changing colors along the Saugatuck River in Westport. View is from the Teuscher Preserve off Imperial Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “Dear Life” by Alice Munro
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room Room 201 - Tree Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Parks & Recreation Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Honored at Playhouse Gala

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Almost 500 patrons tonight attended the Westport Country Playhouse Gala honoring playwright A.R. Gurney (r). He is pictured with wife Molly (2nd r) and Marilyn and Arthur Levitt, who received the Playhouse Leadership Award. The evening was hosted by Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson and included a performance featuring choreographed renditions of Cole Porter tunes and excerpts from A.R Gurney plays performed by Broadway friends. Actor Alan Alda presented the award to Levitt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gala Hosts

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Actor Sigourney Weaver and husband Jim SImpson, theater and film director and the founder of The Flea Theatre in New York City, hosted tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse gala honoring playwright A. R Gurney. Gurney has had 14 plays staged at the Playhouse and eight staged at the Flea Theatre. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Scenes from tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse gala. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Soccer Comes From Behind at Ridgefield

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The Staples boys soccer bench celebrates one of Andrew Puchala’s three goals tonight as Staples rallied from a 3-0 deficit to stun Ridgefield 4-3 at the losers’ stadium.The tri-captain scored a hat trick and Nate Argosh added another. In Staples’ 56-year history, no team had ever erased a three-goal lead. On Tuesday, Staples is at Norwalk at 7:15 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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Three Charged After Police Pursuit, One Still at Large

UPDATE A routine motor vehicle stop on Westport’s Post Road West tonight led to a drug arrest of a female passenger and a police pursuit into Norwalk with two other suspects arrested, one after jumping into Norwalk Harbor, police said.

Police were still seeking a fourth suspect.

According to police, the incident began when Officer Kevin Smith stopped a white Dodge Charger with a Maryland license plate on Post Road Rest at about 5:45 p.m. Assisted by a backup unit, Smith located narcotics on a female occupant outside the car, police said.

As he did so, the car took off with the driver and two other passengers, police said. Smith pursued the vehicle as another officer stayed with the female passenger, identified as Taylah Lucido, 21, of Shelton.

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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to signal problems in the vicinity of Westport.

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Cinema Initiative Receives $2,500 State Grant

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The Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI), which is working to bring a movie theater back to Westport, announced today it has received a $2,580 state grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts as part of its Arts Catalyze Placemaking program. The grants go to arts-based cultural projects, activities and infrastructure to advance the attractiveness and competiveness of Connecticut communities. Holding a letter announcing the grant in front of what is planned to be the Main Street home of the theater are state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, president of WCI, and Sandy Lefkowitz, director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Nash’s Lashes to PRW

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Nash’e Lashes, an eye lash extension salon, will open Oct. 1 at 177 Post Road West in Nash’s Plaza.  Owned by New York City resident Judy Cho, who is one of three operators, the salon also performs facials, foot massages, eye lash refills and removals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Playhouse Gala

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Workers applied finishing touches today to the Westport Country Playhouse venue for tonight’s Gala Evening celebrating Playwright A. R. Gurney and honoring Arthur Levitt with the Playhouse Leadership Award and hosted by actress Sigourney Weaver and her husband Jim Simpson.  Reception starts at 5:45 p.m., a variety performance at 7 p.m. followed by dinner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Drug Charges for Man Passed Out at Wheel

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Joshua Leitner: released on $2,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Police arrested a 50-year-old Westport man Friday on drug charges after he was found passed out at the wheel of his car, police said today.

Officers responded to the area of 13 Baker Ave. Friday morning to check the welfare of a driver who was reportedly unresponsive at the wheel, police said.

Upon arrival, officers found Joshua B. Leitner of 94 Coleytown Road passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle blocking a travel lane.

According to Capt. Vincent Penna, arriving officers had to physically remove Leitner from the vehicle.

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Staples’s Jesse McCray Honored as Coach of Year

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Jesse McCray: honored by fellow coaches. Contributed photo

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named Staples High School Coach Jesse McCray the 2014 Girls High School Track and Field Coach of the Year for Connecticut.

This honor is based upon the performance of the Staples High School track and field team throughout the 2014 season and is “a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes and the coaching staff,” an announcement said.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association is a nonprofit professional organization representing cross country and track and field coaches of all levels.

McCray also is also a longtime coach with the Staples varsity football team and runs a track camp for Westport PAL. He lives in West Haven with his wife Michele and their son Gabriel.

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