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.
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.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Westport Outdoors: Granola Bar
The Granola Bar in Playhouse Square is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm weather months. Co-owners Julie Levitt, who said she has a history in the music business, and Dana Noorily, who has a degree in nutrition followed by 12 years of trading stocks, also co-founded Oats Granola, distributed in retail stores. The Granola Bar, which opened in December 2013, offers coffee, eggs, oatmeal, fresh yogurt, and salads. Hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Drawing on the Saugatuck
Westport artist Elaine Clayton (r) led guests in a Westport Library Drawing on the Saugatuck event on the riverwalk overlooking the Saugatuck River. It was the third year Clayton has participated in the event. This year, she paid tribute to the late Westport illustrator and author Tracy Sugarman “for his enormous and important contribution to history and art through drawing as reportage.” Sugarman, also a noted civil rights activist, died in January 2013 at age 91. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
‘Cones for Kids’ Fundraiser at Saugatuck Sweets
The Westport-based Al’s Angels charity is holding a “Cones for Kids” fundraiser today and Sunday at Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Saugatuck Ave., from noon to 10 p.m.
The goal is to raise $100,000 for children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases, and financial hardship, according to Westporter Al DiGuido, head of Al’s Angels and co-owner with Pete Romano of Saugatuck Sweets.
The event will feature live music, games, crafts, food and treats, and glitter tattoos. Guests are asked to purchase a cone, shake, or sundae and donate the value of a cone to Al’s Angels.
The charity said it hopes to provide 3,200 families and almost 6,000 children with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah meals.
Enjoying the Ride
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
Noon - 10 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave. - Al’s Angels Fundraiser
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Le Vent du Nord
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love” (opening night)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Sweet Remains and Guests at Levitt
The folk rock group The Sweet Remains —Greg Naughton (l), Rich Price (2nd l.), and Brian Chartrand (2nd r.)—performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight, joined by special guests Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and Tony Award winner James Naughton of Weston. O’Hara is Greg Naughton’s wife and James is his father. Greg Naughton told the audience he and his wife and three children are becoming Westporters, having purchased a home in the Imperial Avenue neighborhood with plans to move in next summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Actor James Naughton of Weston poses tonight with fellow actor Kelli O’Hara after they both joined Greg Naughton, James’s son and Kelli’s husband, as he performed with his two fellow musicians in The Sweet Remains folk rock group at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Naughton won his first Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1990 for “City of Angels.” In 1997 he won a second Tony Award with his portrayal of lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago. O’Hara recently created the role of Francesca Johnson in the new musical “The Bridges of Madison County,” for which she received her fifth Tony Award nomination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J. C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Sailing Student Wins Doug Sheffer Cup
Alex Zarikos, 14, of New Canaan is presented with the Doug Sheffer Cup today at the Longshore Sailing School by school head John Kantor. He won 11 out of 12 races in a Longshore competition. The newly inaugurated Doug Sheffer Cup is emblematic of the junior program"s “Top Gun,” according to Kantor. It is named in memory of Doug Sheffer, one of the original instructors at the sailing school (1975-78). Joining in the presentation were Sheffer’s sister, Ann Sheffer, and aunt, Susan Malloy, both of Westport. Sheffer died in January in a Colorado helicopter crash at age 63. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Special Guests Join Levitt Performance Tonight
The Sweet Remains folk rock group performing at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight will be joined for a couple of numbers by special guests Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and Tony Award winner James Naughton of Weston, organizers announced.
The Sweet Remains includes Greg Naughton, who is O’Hara’s husband and James Naughton’s son. Other members are Rich Price and Brian Chartrand.
Show time is 8 p.m.
Police Issue Back to School Safety Tips
With the Westport Public Schools opening Monday, the Westport Police Department has issued some safety tips for students and their parents.
Additionally, it has stepped up its traffic enforcement in recent weeks around Westport schools, including targeting individuals who are using cell phones and speeding in school zones.
“The goal of the Westport Police Department is to protect children from motorists who disregard the law, especially around the school zones,” said Capt. Sam Arciola.
“However, we must continue to educate motorists, parents and children on the importance of safe pedestrian movement and accident prevention in order to ensure traffic safety. We all have a responsibility to make sure children travel to and from school safely.”
Westport Property Transfers Aug. 4 - 8, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 4 - 8, 2014:
Roger L. and Lisa K. Krakoff to Joseph B. and Karen Kleine, 64 Old Hill Road, $2,075,000
Vanbrodt Estates LLC to Daniel and Hilary Cummings, 95 Valley Road, $1,461,500
James Richard and Erin Bormann Wilkinson to Darin L. and Stefanie B. Buchalter, 9 Sugar Maple Lane, $2,225,000
Phyllis L. and Leslie M. Madorsky to Edward and Laura Thomas, 5 Blind Brook Road South, $1,344,000
CLASP Resident Throws Out First Pitch at Bluefish Game
CLASP Westport resident Jeff Van Zant (l, holding baseball) threw out the first pitch at a Bridgeport Bluefish game in Harbor Yard surrounded by his housemates and other CLASP residents. CLASP is a nonprofit serving adults with autism and related developmental disabilities in group home and apartment settings in Fairfield County. CLASP has four group homes in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Young Tennis Champs
Four Westport youngsters were on Team Trumbull, which won the 12 and under Intermediate Division JTT New England State Championship title in a USTA tournament in New Haven. Pictured (l-r) are Jackson Slattery, 10 (not a Westport resident); Amelia Galin, 10; Alexander Visser, 10; Luke Brodsky, 10, and Tighe Brunetti, 10. Coach Mike Slattery, who has been coaching the young players since the age of 6, is in the back. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport