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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, May 30, 2016

Heading Home

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A sailboat heads into the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach Sunday night at the end of a summer-like day of sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 30, 2016 - Memorial Day


Westport Town Hall, Library, and Public Schools are closed.
9 a.m. - Riverside Avenue to Veterans Green - Memorial Day Parade
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Open House

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fallen Tree Knocks Out Power

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Westport’s Newtown Turnpike at Woodcock Road was closed for a short period of time tonight while crews cleared a fallen tree from the roadway and off of power lines. Late tonight, Eversource Energy reported 86 Westport customers were without power but that all were restored by 11;30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying the Sun Before Expected Rain

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with visitors today, enjoying sunny weather in the mid-80s ahead of what is forecast to be a rainy Memorial Day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Crowded Sherwood Island State Park

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Thousands of visitors, many from out of state, crowded the beaches of Sherwood Island State Park in Westport today to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend sunny weather ahead of Monday’s rainy forecast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Busy Sherwood Island State Park Day

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Cars line up today to enter Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. The Memorial Day and July 4th weekends in the past have recorded about 20,000 visitors daily. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Watching Eggs at Compo

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One of two Oystercatchers watches over some eggs near the wall of the South Beach at Compo Beach on Saturday. They were taking turns sitting on some eggs. Some Westporters, knowing the birds are an endangered species, worried that the eggs were in danger from humans, as well as some gulls. By today, the area was marked off by cones and yellow tape. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Awaiting Hatching

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Oystercatcher eggs lie undisturbed today on South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach surrounded by protective cones with no Oystercatchers in sight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Beware of Eggs

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Cones and yellow tape appeared today around some oystercatcher eggs on South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach to warn beach goers of the presence of the eggs of the endangered species. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Threat of Rain for Memorial Day Parade

UPDATE Despite bad weather in the forecast, Westport’s traditional Memorial Day parade is set to kick off at 9 a.m. Monday from Riverside Avenue, travel along the Post Road, and wind its way to Veterans Green in front of Town Hall. WestportNow.com Image
A fife and drum corps marches into the Westport Town Hall auditorium in 2011, the last time bad weather forced cancellation of the Memorial Day parade, as Bill Vornkahl, president of the Veterans Council, watches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Before the parade, the Westport Fire Department will hold its own memorial service at 8 a.m. at Fire Headquarters, 515 Post Road East.

The weather forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain as Tropical Depression Bonnie moves up the East Coast. Town officials said late today a decision on whether to hold the parade will be announced by 7 a.m. Norwalk is among communities which have already canceled their parade.

In case the parade is called off, there will be a 10 a.m. ceremony in the Town Hall auditorium—just as there was in 2011, the last time the parade was canceled due to weather.

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Staples Players Ready for ‘Harvey’

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The Staples Players cast and crew of the upcoming production of “Harvey,” a student-directed effort, posed for a group shot by the Saugatuck River. The 1945 Pulitzer-winning comedy by Mary Chase will be presented Thursday, June 2, Friday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 at 5 p.m. at Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East. Pictured (l-r) Georgia Wright, 14, freshman; Jordan Goodness,18, senior; Zoe Fox, 18, senior, assistant director; Aaron Samuels, 18, senior, and Michael Dodd, 16, sophomore, stage manager. For tickets, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Float Preparations

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Staples High School students and helpers prepare the Builders Beyond Borders float for Monday’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Judy Renacia for WestportNow.com

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Showing Its Colors

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The Longshore Sailing School opened its summer rental program Saturday, providing a show of colors on Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sunday, May 29, 2016


1 p.m. - Earthplace - Introduction to Nature Journaling
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Red” (last day for “Red”)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Norwalk Bridge Failure Disrupts New Haven Line Service

UPDATE The 120-year-old Walk Bridge in Norwalk failed to close properly today, disrupting Metro-North service on the New Haven Line.

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The Norwalk Walk Bridge in open position. NEC Commission photo

Metro-North said tonight that New Haven Line train service has resumed on three of the four tracks over the draw bridge.

“Customers should expect delays up to 20 minutes for the remainder of tonight,” an advisory said.

It said the remaining track is out of service for the catenary replacement project.

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Sunny Side Up

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Sunny, the 23-foot tall mascot promoting the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s Great Duck Race, was on its side tonight in the Saugatuck River near the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in Westport’s center. It was not known how the malfunction occurred. The China-made duck will be on station for the race on Saturday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Attention Getter

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Sunny, the Great Duck Race mascot, received plenty of attention today after she capsized in the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. It was not known why the 23-foot duck put there by the sponsoring Westport Sunrise Rotary Club turned side stroke. The race will take place Saturday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Four Arrested for Phony Credit Cards

Officers arrested a Queens, N.Y. man and three women Friday night for larceny, identify theft and related charges following a report they were trying buy merchandise at Castle Wine & Spirits on Post Road East via fraudulent credit cards, police said today.

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Arrested: (top, l-r) Ariana Burton, Tamara Magee (bottom) Monty Payne, Kathyling Pena. Westport Police photos

“When confronted by store personnel, these individuals fled in a red Mazda bearing Maryland license plates,” said Sgt. David Wolf. “The car was last seen heading westbound on Post Road East. This information was broadcast to responding officers.”

He said that shortly after the broadcast, the vehicle was spotted traveling westbound on Post Road East in the area of the Sherwood Island Connector where it was pulled over by patrol units.

“All four suspects were in the vehicle and were positively identified as the ones who were at Castle Wine & Spirits a short time earlier,” said Wolf.  “They were found to be in possession of a number of fraudulent credit cards as wells as several bottles of liquor.”

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Longshore Pools Open

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The pools at Westport’s Longshore Club Park opened for the season today. For the Memorial Day weekend, hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. From Tuesday through Sunday, June 26 weekday hours for open swim will be 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and weekends open swim will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with adult lap 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Taking the Plunge

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A swimmer takes the plunge today as the pools opened for the season at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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All Decked Out for Memorial Day

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A house on Westport’s Myrtle Avenue is alll decked out for the Memorial Day celebrations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying the Westport Night Scene

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Sunny, the Westport Rotary Club’s Great Duck Race mascot, enjoys the Friday night lights on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. The 23-foot tall duckie is promoting the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Doris Ghitelman for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 28, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Art” (last day for “Art”)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Update: Bella Has Been Found

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UPDATE Filipa Lemcke was reunited today with her family dog Bella, a 5-month old dachshund, who went missing late Friday in the Staples High School neighbohood. She spent the night at the Westport Animal Shelter and Animal Control Officer Gina Gambino brought her home today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Pearl at Longshore Patio Bar Debuts

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Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and warm weather, the patio bar at the Pearl at Longshore Restaurant at Westport’s Longshore Club Park opened for business today. The WMD band kicks off the Sunday music series from 4 to 8 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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River Run for Sunny

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A giant, China-made rubber duck nicknamed Sunny took to the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center today to promote the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. Sunny was being moved to the Black Duck restaurant in Saugatuck, where club members will gather for cocktails and dinner next Thursday before being returned to her center Westport perch for the race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Bond Panel OK’s $22M for Hedge Fund Expansion

By Keith M.Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

The State Bond Commission today approved $22 million in financing to help Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, one of the nation’s largest hedge funds, to expand in Fairfield County.

But Democratic state Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo, a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2018, joined with a prominent Republican state representative to oppose assistance for Bridgewater.

Both Lembo and Rep. Chris Davis, R-Ellington, argued it was imprudent to dedicate scarce state resources to a firm that manages more than $130 billion in global investments.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who chairs the 10-member bond commission, countered that Connecticut competes daily with neighboring states for businesses and jobs.

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Terex Shares Plunge after China Deal Unravels

Westport-based Terex Corp.’s talks with a Chinese suitor broke down today after disagreement on terms.

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The breakdown cleared the way for Terex’s planned $1.3 billion disposal of a ports lifting-gear business to competitor Konecranes Oyj of Finland.

Shares of Terex closed down just over 14 percent at $20.89 on the news, after dropping 18 percent at the opening of trading.

Recent negotiations with Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co. hit an impasse over “crucial terms” despite joint efforts to find a solution, the Chinese company said in a statement early today, without giving further details.

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