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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, February 08, 2016

Wipers Raised

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Many cars at the Metro-North Westport station had their windshield wipers raised by commuters anticipating today’s snowfall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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At Garage Level

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Water was up to the garage of this home on Westport’s Canal Road today during the late morning high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Canal Road Under Water

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As is the norm during coastal flooding, Westport’s Canal Road was under water today at the late morning high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Spriteview Flooded

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Spriteview Avenue in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area was among roads flooded at the late morning high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Schools on Early Dismissal

Westport schools will close early today because of the weather, school officials announced.

It said all evening activities have been canceled.

Staples High School will dismiss at 11:45 a.m., Bedford Middle, Coleytown Middle, and Saugatuck Elementary at 12:15 p.m., and Coleytown Elementary, Greens Farms, Kings Highway, and Long Lots at 1 p.m.

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Westport’s Bridge Water Rises

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Water under Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in the town center today rose to just under the structure during the late morning high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Soggy Parking

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Water from the Saugatuck River today spilled over into a parking garage of a building on Westport’s Riverside Avenue at hgh tide. The National Weather Service had issued a Coastal Flood Advisory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Another February Snow

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Traffic makes its way across the Ruth Stienkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today as snow fell over the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Delayed Opening—Not Snow, But Safety

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Chipotle Mexican Grill, 376 Post Road East, has a delayed opening today, not because of the weather but for a food safety meeting. A sign on the front doot says it will open at 3 p.m.  Chipotle restaurants across the country are closing for several hours today for a company-wide safety briefing after outbreaks of norovirus and E.coli sickened customers. The company says customers can tap into the briefing through Twitter and Periscope starting at noon. The front door signs says: “If we messed up you lunch plans, let us make it up to you: visit chipolte.com/raincheck.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Readying for Small Snowfall

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As snow fell, today Westport Public Works Department employees were out putting down salt on roadways. According to Mike Frawley, facilities supervisor for the Town of Westport, “At this point we expect about 1.5 inches.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Man Held in Senor Salsa Crash

Police arrested a 52-year-old Westport man for allegedly driving his car into the front of the Senor Salsa restaurant and then fleeing, police said today.

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William Boland: initially denied resposnsibility. Westport Police photo

William M. Boland was arrested Friday for the incident that occurred at 221 Post Road West, on Jan. 23. (See WestportNow Jan. 23, 2016)

Initial reports said the front license plate was found in the wreckage, but a police report said Boland was traced through a witness who wrote down Boland’s license plate as he left the scene.

It said the witness later positively identified Boland in a photograph line up. However, when initially confronted, Boland wrote and signed a sworn statement denying he was the driver, police said.

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Monday, February 8, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Finance Special Budget Meeting
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Script in Hand Playreading: “Scotland Road”
7:30 p.m. - 180 Bayberry Lane - Westport/Weston Health District Board Canceled
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education Canceled

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

MacChili Fest Winners Announced

Organizers announced the winners in today’s MacChilifest competition held at Westport’s Bedford Middle School.

Classic Beef Chili Category: 1.  Chilibomb, Fairfield for “Texas Peacemaker” Chili; 2. The Weston Fire Department for “SmokeEater” Chil, 3. Southport Brewing Co. for “Maple Stout” Chili

Creative Chili Category: 1. Little Pub of Wilton for“Moroccan Picadillo” Chili; 2.  (tie) Liquid Lunch of Shelton for “Pumpkin Brisket” Chili, and Old Post Tavern of Fairfield for “Pat’s Smokehouse” Chili. 

Mac ‘n Cheese Category: 1. Simply Delicious of Norwalk for“Jack Mac;” 2. Chilibomb of Fairfield for “Pulled Pork Mac,” and 3. DrewbaQ Food Truck for “Q Bowl” Mac.

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Jamming at the Arts Center

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The Westport Arts Center today hosted a jazz jam, part of its season jazz series. Today’s performance was dedicated to musician Don Mulvaney, a frequent contributor to the series, who died Sept. 14 at age 63 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The next event is March 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Entertaining at Super Bowl Party

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The Westport P.A.L cheerleaders entertain today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities at its 10th Super Bowl tailgate party.  The Staples High School cheerleaders also performed and the Staples Girls and Boys Cross-Country Teams were introduced and took their bows. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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I’ll Have One, Thanks

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Jack Klinge (l), head of the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, helps himself to a hot dog today at the Center’s 10th annual Super Bow tailgate party. Serving uo the dogs is Lee Papageorge, owner of Oscar’s on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Super Bowl Tailgate Party


Scenes from today’s 10th annual Super Bowl tailgate party at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Coastal Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for the Westport area, which is in effect from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

It said to expect departures 2 to 2.5 feet above astronomical tides.

There will be minor coastal flooding for the Monday morning high tide cycle and possible for Monday night high tide cycles, the Weather Service said.

There will be flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads and/or properties due to height of storm tide or wave splash over, it said.

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MacChili Fest Draws Pre-Super Bowl Crowd

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Hundreds turned out at Westport’s Bedford Middle School today for MacChili Fest, a pre-Super Bowl event. Guests enjoyed unlimited sampling of more than 20 different chilis and mac ‘n cheese entries from 17 local restaurants and two local firehouses. Voting was in three categories—beef chili, creative chili and mac ‘n cheese. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Serving Up Firehouse Chili

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe poses with Westport firefighters as he serves up some chili prepared by the Westport Fire Department at today’s MacChili Fest at Bedford Middle School. Pictured (l-r) are Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Marpe, Tobias Ostapchuk,, Ron Burgess, Paul Spennato, Scott Del Vecchio and Chris Carroll. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Taking a Taste

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Guests at today’s MacChili Fest at Westport’s Middle School taste some of 20 different chilis and mac ‘n cheese entries from 17 local restaurants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: MacChili Fest


Scenes from today’s MacChilli Fest at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Get It While It’s Hot

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Diana Wadelton and Luis Vaz of Chef’s Table in Fairfield serve up some chili today at the MacChili Fest at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Firehouse Chef Meets a Pro

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Westporter Pietro Scott (r )of DiPietro Restaurant, 36 Riverside Ave., today greets Ray Cooney. host of TV show “Firehouse Kitchen” at the MacChili Fest at Bedford Middle School, Cooney, a retired New York City firefighter and now a volunteer firefighter in Bayport, N.Y., recorded the event for future viewing. Cooney said he compared the chili made by the Weston Fire Department to the Westport Fire Department and will present the results on a forthcoming show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport for snow, which is in effect from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

It said there will be snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches with winds northeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Snow will develop by Monday morning and will continue through Monday afternoon, the Weather Service said.

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Robert Boras, 85

Robert (Bob) Baras of Westport died Feb. 7 at home. He was 85.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Esther (Hertan) and Solomon Baras. Both were Romanian immigrants. He was raised in the Bronx and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, and then attended City College.

He was a longtime resident of Manhattan, and Tourette-Sur-Loup, France. He was happily married to his wife of 49 years, Francine Baras. After building a large textile company, Inwood Knitting Mills, which he sold to National Distillers in 1969, he was able to realize his lifelong dream, his true passion for painting.

He attended School of Visual Arts and received a BFA with honors. He spent the next 40 years painting and living his dream. His last show was at the White Gallery in Lakeville in May 2015. He was also a photographer and left a large body of work.

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Super Sized for Super Bowl

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Rich Falcone, owner of Art’s Deli, 13 Post Road West, shows off one of his 6-footer subs , which he said are a popular party treat on Super Bowl Sunday. “It’s one of the busiest days of the year for us,” he said.  Falcone said so far he has orders for 10 6-footers and 20 1-footers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Winter

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A Compo Beach winter view on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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