Saturday, September 21, 2013
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.
Friday, January 01, 2010
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, April 28, 2016
It was celebration time today at Norwalk Hospital for Westporters Kate and John Procaccini, their newly born daughter Mila and Westport police, fire, and EMS personnel who helped deliver her at home on Wednesday. (See WestportNow April 27, 2016). Police Lt. Eric Woods, shift commander, said he was proud of all responding units, and how they worked together seamlessly. “This is a once in a career opportunity for our guys,” he said. “I could not be happier for them, but even more excited for the family.” John Procaccini, now a father of two, said, “I just wanted to thank you all for everything you did. This is the stuff that goes above and beyond typical duties. We are beyond grateful.” Mom and baby are healthy and happy, a police news release said. Pictured (l-r) are: Westport Police Detective George Taylor, Westport Police Lt. Eric Woods, Westport Firefighter Christopher Carroll, EMT Yves Cantin, Kate Procaccini, baby Mila Joy Procaccini, John Procaccini, Westport EMS Crew Chief Mark Blake, Norwalk Hospital Paramedic John Chapdelaine, Westport Police Officer David Perez, Westport Firefighter Justin Harelik. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Though not exactly the Mom & Pop shop that the town had hoped to woo to the restored and relocated Kemper-Gunn house at 35 Elm St., town officials are nonetheless bullish about Serena & Lily, the national home furnishings, bedding and decor outlet opening there on Friday.
In fact, the town is so pleased that First Selectman Jim Marpe will be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony set for Friday at 9:30 a.m.
“We are very excited that Serena & Lily found a home in Westport,” said Marpe. “We welcome them and wish them much success.
“Serena and Lily’s presence in the downtown location, coupled with the unique circumstances surrounding the move and restoration of the Kemper-Gunn House, can be attributed to the dedication of many Westporters,” he added. “I want to extend my sincere thanks to all the people who helped make this happen.”
Westporter Johanna Rossi (blonde Hair, black dress with pearls) rings the opening bell today at the New York Stock Exchangel. She is part of Security Traders Association - Women in Finance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Minute Man Monument at Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday, the eve of today’s 239th anniversary of the departure of British forces from Compo Beach after a raid on Danbury led by Maj. Gen. William Tryon during the American Revolutionary War. As the British marched back to their ships off Compo, the local militia, operating from behind stone walls, trees, and buildings, constantly fired on them. Today at 7 p.m., the Westport Historical Society will present a talk about Tryon’s 1777 raid by history buff Ed Hynes. (See WestportNow April 14, 2016). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com
1 p.m. - Saugatuck Swing Bridge - Historic District Commission Site Visit
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Town Website Redevelopment Steering Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Events
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance & RTM Public Works Committees
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Danbury Raid & the Battle of Compo
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Contractors for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) work tonight on repairs to the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway in Westport. (VIew is looking north from the southbound lane.) CDOT had announced the bridge would be closed tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, but it was still open to one-way traffic just before midnight. CDOT officials now say completion of the work is set for September, more than a year past the original deadline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matliow for WestportNow.com
The owner of 82 Compo Road South, Judi Koffsky (l), is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque presented by Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian. The circa 1875 house, known as the William Thomas House, is situated on a .9-acre property that borders on Thomas Road. Koffsky bought it in 1983 when she and her late husband moved to Westport from Westchester County. Also taking part in the presentation ceremony was Dunkin Doodle, Koffsky’s 10-year-old golden retriever. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
David I. Weiss of Fernandina Beach, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 31. He was 69.
Born Nov. 6, 1946 in Cleveland, he spent his youth years in Cleveland and Florida before serving in the Navy on the USS Wright.
After his service, he moved to New York and attended New York University. He spent a successful career as a business manager in the technology industry, working for Satellite Business Systems and then IBM while living in Westport for more than 30 years.
After retiring from IBM, he moved to Fernandina Beach, where he enjoyed reading, golfing and spending time with close friends. He was a Mason, founder of SPIRITS and a friend of Bill W.
By Dave Matlow
UPDATE Westport emergency responders, including firefighters, EMS personnel and police officers, worked together today to deliver a baby girl on Crescent Road.
According to Fire Lt. Peter Janulis, a Fairfield resident and 29-year member of the fire department, when Westport Engine 2 departed headquarters for an administrative errand, a dispatcher redirected them, saying a pregnant woman was in distress, her water had broken and immediate assistance was needed.
“When we arrived at the house, the woman was in a second floor bedroom, standing but hunched over, the floor was wet,” said Janulis.
“We’re trained in emergency birth delivery, we have an OB/GYN kit, we placed her on the floor in a supine position, spread her legs and the crown of the baby’s head appeared.”
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
Chronicling an amusing historical anecdote, Liza Johnson’s droll reminiscence “Elvis & Nixon” shows how Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) met President Richard M. Nixon (Kevin Spacey) one afternoon.
In late 1970, watching the news at Graceland, Presley becomes so infuriated with the growing drug problem and moral decline in the United States that he shoots out the TV set with a .45. That’s his first reaction.
His second is to become an undercover federal agent. But – for that – he’ll need a badge from J. Edgar Hoover’s Bureau of Narcotics. And the only way to get one is from the president of the United States.
So it falls it Presley’s long-time confidante, Jerry Schilling (Alex Pettyfer), along with Memphis crony Sonny West (Johnny Knoxville), to deliver a rambling, hand-written letter to the White House and convince Nixon aides Egil “Bud” Krough (Colin Hanks) and Dwight Chapin (Evan Peters) to arrange an appointment.
Ronald (Ron) Vigars of Westport died April 20 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.
He was born May 20, 1929, in Port Arthur, Ontario, to Richard and Shirley Vigars. His professional career spanned all across the transportation sector.
His first job was with the Maritime Bus Company in 1949, after which he worked for the Canadian National Railways. He spent 38 years working for Air Canada (1953 - 1991).
During his time with the airline, he was a passenger on the first Canadian flight to ever be hijacked at gunpoint, an experience that never left him.
Despite Tuesday’s gray skies and the inclement weather, a pink rhododendron bush provided a beautiful display of spring along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Tree Board
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - MoneySmart Week: Financial & Legal Planning for Your Aging Parents
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Connecticut today propelled Republican Donald J. Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton closer to their parties’ presidential nominations, with Trump winning a landslide and Clinton holding off a tenacious Bernie Sanders.
Trump won in all five primaries today along I-95: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Clinton lost only Rhode Island. Connecticut was the last state placed in her column, a win declared around 10:30 p.m. by the Associated Press and most networks.
“I consider myself the presumptive nominee,” Trump said in televised remarks from New York City.
Rep. Tony D’Amelio, R-Waterbury, one of the few elected officials here to endorse Trump, said it was time for other Republican officials to shake off their reservations about the brash billionaire, who has belittled foes, demonized Muslims and undocumented immigrants, and accused GOP leaders of trying to rig what may yet be a contested convention in Cleveland.
UPDATE While Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald J. Trump swept Connecticut in today’s presidential primaries, Republican John R. Kasich bested Trump in Westport by 1,098 to 1,053, according to results released by the Town Clerk’s office tonight.
According to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, 60.8 percent of the town’s 7,577 registered Democrats and 52.3 percent of Westport’s 5,583 registered Republicans voted today.
Clinton bested rival Bernie Sanders by more than double, 2,661 to 1,087 (70.3 percent to 28.7 percent), while Republican Kasich, who has remained in third place nationally, beat Republican front runner Trump by 45 votes.—46.15 percent (1,098) to Trump’s 44.26 percent (1,053).
Republican Ted Cruz received only 165 votes here. Ben Carson, whose name was on the ballot even though he is no longer in the race received 11 votes, and 50 Westport Republican voters checked that they were uncommitted.
When will supporters know how well Bernie, Hillary Trump, Kasich and Cruz—or Ben Carson, for that matter, since his name appeared on the Republican ballot—did in Westport and all of Connecticut today?
Once the polls close at 8 tonight and a soon as the numbers are tabulated, Westport’s—and the state’s—results will be available in real time from moderator tapes at http://ctemspublic.pcctg.net/
According to Deputy Town Clerk Ruth Cavayero, Westport in one of a handful of Connecticut municipalities participating in the primary posting as a prelude to the November presidential elections.
“We’re doing something new this year, and the numbers will be posted to a statewide website, a new statewide database that’s in real time as soon as the numbers become available,” Cavayero said.
UPDATE As of 7 p.m. today, 5,298 of Westport’s 13,160 registered Democrats and Republicans—about 40 percent—turned out to vote at the town’s five polling places, the Registrar of Voters office said.
The Registrar of Voters office had predicted that the numbers would increase after 5 p.m. since parking spaces would be freed up at four of the polling places, which are schools that were in session today. The polls close at 8 p.m.
Only registered Democrats and Republicans, not unaffiliated voters, can cast ballots in today’s primary since Connecticut is a closed presidential primary state.
Of Westport’s more than 16,000 registered voters, there are 7,577 registered Democrats and 5,583 Republicans, said Marla Cowden, Democratic Registrar of Voters.
Lucy’s, a high-end women’s boutique, opens Thursday at 23 Jesup Road in the space formerly occupied by Lynne Scalo Design, according to owner Lisa Savone. A Westport resident, Savone said she is not new to the Westport fashion scene, having previously owned and operated Lucy’s around the corner at 48 Post Road East, next to Tiffany, from 2004 to 2013 when she closed the business to raise her family. The Post Road space is now occupied by Joie, a designer clothing store. Savone also owns Lucy’s in Ridgefield for the past 10 years. She said the name of the business originated with her childhood nickname which, she said, was also her mother’s and grandmother’s nickname. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Officers arrested a Westport woman Monday at her home on a warrant for driving under the influence, stemming from a motor vehicle accident Sept. 25, police said.
The arrest of Jennifer Edvardsen, 31, stems from an accident investigation after she had crashed her vehicle into a parked car.
Deputy Chief Samuel Arciola said that a search warrant for Edvardsen’s toxicology records on the night of the accident revealed that she was under the influence of amphetamines and benzodiazepines.
Charged with operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol and operating under suspension, Edvardsen was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, May 5.
The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) is set to conduct its annual free skin cancer screenings Sunday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at its offices located at 180 Bayberry Lane.
Westport dermatologist Robin Oshman of Fairfield County Dermatologists again plans to volunteer her services, and no appointment is necessary, WWHD officials say.
The most common form of cancer and increasing in incidence, skin cancer will affect one of five Americans during their lifetimes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The most common types of are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, which can be cured if caught early and properly treated.
If melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is detected before it spreads, it also has a high cure rate.
Election officials Dick Lowenstein (l) and Garson Heller today search the voter lists for a resident who showed up at Saugatuck Elementary School to vote in the presidential primaries. It turned out he was an unaffiliated voter and therefore ineligible to vote in the party elections. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Sixteen years ago a group of regular commuters on Amtrak’s early morning train to DC had a great idea: why not designate one car on the train as a “Quiet Car,” free from cell phone chatter and loud conversations.
The railroad agreed and the experiment proved a great success.
But as early as 2006 when the same idea was suggested to Metro-North it was rejected outright. Then serving on the Commuter Council, I persisted and finally, in 2011 the railroad agreed to a trial with one car on each rush hour train dedicated to what it called a “Quiet CALMmute.”
Almost immediately the plan ran into trouble. Not because it wasn’t wanted but because it wasn’t enforced.
Early morning rain did not deter presidenital primary voters today at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School. School was in session during today’s voting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
6 a.m. - 8 p.m. - various polling locations - Democratic & Republican Primaries (find your polling place here)
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Carol”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Adults Read YA Fiction
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Transit Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Aquarion Water Company today announced it is offering for sale discounted rain barrels to its Connecticut customers as part of the company’s water conservation efforts.
Rain barrels are an efficient and effective way to store rainwater for later use by collecting rain and runoff from a roof or downspout, a news release said.
“They provide a free, ready source of water for filling watering cans, connecting a garden hose, feeding a drip irrigation system and other outdoor chores,” the company said
It said one 60-gallon recycled food-grade barrel can consistently irrigate a 100 square foot garden, and only one quarter-inch of rainfall on an average can fill the barrel.