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.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Westporters Kara Kass (l) and friend Doreen Fiolek walk along the edge of Long Island Sound at Compo Beach today with Fiolek’s 2-year-old chocolate lab Macie, as dogs were allowed back on the beach today. “It’s a tradition,” said Kass. “For the past eight years or so, we come here together on Oct. 1 with our dogs.” Kara’s dog was straggling behind the walkers. Dogs are allowed on the beach with designated on- and off-leash areas until April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Tom Seligson, along with CBS News “48 Hours” teammates, received an Emmy Award at a ceremony Tuesday night at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City for “Caught,” the special they produced on the Boston bombing . He is pictured with colleague Charlotte Fuller. This is Seligson’s fourth Emmy Award, and he has also been nominated three other times. Contributed photo
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - UN Hospitality Committee
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”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Post-traumatic Stress Expert Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Youth Commission Executive Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Drug & Alcohol Awareness
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
In 2nd Debate, Malloy is Proud and Foley Incredulous
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
West Hartford – In a televised debate tonight, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley met in a political Twilight Zone, each unable or unwilling to recognize the reality of the other’s Connecticut.
Malloy defied polls that show a dispirited and disapproving electorate. He claimed progress, pronouncing himself proud of resolving an inherited $3.67 billion deficit without gutting municipal aid. Foley all but suggested he was mad, seeking votes in a different dimension.
“Sometime, I wonder if he’s living in the same state,” Foley said, prompting titters. Later he said, “It’s simply not true what you’re telling people.”
But Foley joined Malloy in downplaying non-partisan projections of a significant deficit in the coming year, albeit one far smaller than what confronted the first-term Democratic governor after he defeated Foley in 2010. To do otherwise would require Foley to promise more than his proposed budget freeze.
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Bagel Maven Closes
The Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, closed today after owner Alex Perdomo said he was unable to get a new lease. Although the business has been there since 1990, he has been the owner for only the past six years. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2014) In a statement, Perdomo said: “Even though I must leave today, I am grateful for the time I had here. The customers have been wonderful to me, they became my friends and it is my hope to stay in Westport if I can find another space soon. God bless everyone. Thank you!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Joining the Westport Police
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today swore in Ruta Pratt, 39, one of two new members of the Westport Police Department. A 1995 graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College with a degree in criminal justice, Pratt was a police officer with the Waterbury Police Department since October 2002. She most recently held the rank of detective. Both officers fill vacancies caused by retirements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Pinning the Badge
Daniel Paz, 27, of Bridgeport gets his new Westport Police badge pinned on today by wife Brittany as nephew Colton, 3, watches following a swearing in ceremony at police headquarters. Paz served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, including two deployments to Iraq, and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Prior to his hiring by Westport, Paz was a police officer in Bridgeport since April 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Fenced Off for Kemper-Gunn House Move
The designated section of the Baldwin parking lot on Elm Street has been fenced off for the relocation of the Kemper-Gunn House from Church Lane, expected to take place in November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Pirate Party at Library
The children’s library at the Westport Library was overflowing today for a “pirate party.” Australian educator and author Hugh Kingsley (l) read passages from his book “Pirates in the Yard.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Pirates Ahoy at Library
Scenes from today’s “pirate party” at the children’s library at the Westport Library. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
P&Z Members Inspect Site of Planned Medical Office
Members of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission today took a field trip to 333 Post Road West where a plan is under review to convert a commercial office building (rear) to a medical facility. The plan includes demolition of the structures at 335 Post Road West (foreground) (see WestportNow Teardown of the Day, Dec. 17, 2013) which would be converted to a parking lot to meet the parking requirements for medical facilities, according to P&Z Director Larry Bradley. Owner Linda Mandell, who was on the excursion, said Internal Medicine Associates of Westport will leave its longtime home at 162 Kings Highway North to be one of the new tenants. Performance Physical Therapy, currently at 333 Post Road West, will remain, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Going Down: 163 Compo Road South
The house at Westport’s 163 Compo Road South was demolished today. Built in 1912, the two-story colonial had 1,545 square feet, was situated on a 1.55-acre property, and changed ownership last month for $850,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 28, 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Starbucks in Center to Reopen Wednesday
Good news for coffee aficionados. Starbucks at Parker-Harding Plaza, temporarily closed during renovations, will reopen Wednesday, according to workers on the premises. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport