Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Our New Year’s Gift to Readers
The year 2012 in Westport—the 10th year of publication of WestportNow—topped the previous year as the busiest news year since we began publishing.
From crime to natural disasters, moments of joy and to deep sadness, WestportNow was there every day 24/7, providing news and photos—many of them exclusive.
Many of the photos came from you, our readers. And for that we are very grateful.
As is our tradition, our New Year’s gift to readers is a photo review of the past year. Entries include major events, and some not so major. But they were all part of life in Westport in 2012. To enjoy, CLICK HERE. Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 09, 2012
WN on the Scene: Africa Up Close
Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center (and contributing WestportNow photographer) visited Rwanda and Malawi last month on a photo assignment for the United Nations. She accompanied Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme Administrator, who is a former prime minister of New Zealand. Klisser During, a New Zealand native, compiled this photo essay of her journey for WestportNow. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Sherwood Island 9/11 Anniversary
Scenes at Sherwood Island State Park today, site of the Connecticut 9/11 memorial, on the 11th anniversary of the 2001 attacks. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Monday, August 06, 2012
Dinner with the President
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE About 60 well heeled Democratic National Committee (DNC) supporters were waiting tonight when President Barack Obama’s motorcade arrived at 7:33 p.m. for dinner at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s waterfront estate on Westport’s Beachside Avenue.
President Obama addresses a Stamford fundraiser tonight. Cablevision News-12 photo
The supporters, most of them from New York City and Westchester, had been there since 6 p.m. and had their cars valet parked, according to a Westporter who attended. At the request of the Secret Service, they also had to relinquish their phones and cameras, placing them in baggies with their names on them to be returned after Obama left around 9 p.m.
In addition to Weinstein and his wife Georgina, the hosts included Westport’s Joanne Woodward, Clea Newman and her husband Kurt Sunderland, actress Anne Hathaway, “West Wing” producer Aaron Sorkin and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
“It was terrific,” said Westporter Ann Sheffer, a longtime arts advocate and DNC donor who attended with her husband Bill Scheffler. “To be three feet from the president of the United States is thrilling.”
Obama Uses Westport as Base for CT Visit
UPDATE They appeared over the horizon shortly after 5 p.m. today against a mostly blue sky with a stiff breeze blowing – five helicopters, two with the presidential seals.
President Obama arrives at Sherwood Island State Park today. Cablevision News-12 photo
Moments later, at 5:16 p.m., President Obama was safely on the ground in the large grassy circle just inside the main entrance at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, the first presidential visit to Westport in 13 years. Shortly after 9 p.m., it was all over.
There was no welcoming ceremony, just a quick walk to the presidential limousine, according to a witness. Then, escorted by a dozen motorcycle policemen from Westport, the State Police, and surrounding towns it was off to Stamford on I-95. (See text below of Obama remarks at Stamford Marriott).
There he appeared at a $500 a head reception before leaving at 7:13 p.m. for the return trip to Westport and a $35,800 a head dinner at the Beachside Avenue home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. By 9 p.m., the president was on the move back to Sherwood Island and his helicopter ride to Air Force One parked at New York’s JFK Airport.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
WN on the Scene: Beijing’s Heaviest Rains in 60 Years
WestportNow Associate Editor Dave Matlow is in Beijing where the Chinese capital on Saturday experienced its heaviest rains in 60 years that left 37 persons dead and caused widespread chaos. Some parts of the area received up to 18 inches of rain, according to Chinese media. View is of the 17-Arch Bridge in the Summer Palace northwest of Beijing’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day Parade in One Minute
Westport photographer Nicholas Pisarro, Jr. created this time lapse video of today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. Video by Nicholas Pisarro Jr.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
WN Wins Eight Citations in Journalism Contest
WestportNow has won eight citations, including three first place prizes, in the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition. The awards were announced tonight at the group’s annual banquet in North Haven.
A contributing photographer won a first place prize for this picture of the capture of a murder suspect in Playhouse Square last November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo, ©2011 WestportNow.com
First place winners included James Lomusico, associate editor, for his coverage of Tropical Storm Irene last summer, Douglas Healey, contributing photographer, for his photo of a father consoling a Staples football player (“Comforting Words from Dad”), and a contributing photographer for a photo (”Captured”) of a murder suspect captured in Playhouse Square.
Lomuscio also won a third place prize for his story “Friends: ‘Kuti’ Loved Family, America and Life,” about the reaction to the murder last December of a Westport jeweler.
Dave Matlow, associate editor, shared a third place prize with contributing photographer Helen Klisser During for their photos of the Saugatuck Congregational Church fire. Matlow also won a third place award for his picture of a woman rescued from a car involved in an accident (“Woman Unhurt in Hillspoint Road Rescue.”)
Friday, May 04, 2012
WN on the Scene: New Contemporary Art Fair
New York City’s Randall Island Park hosts beginning today the Frieze Art Fair, described by The New York Times as “a one-stop-shopping survey of the state of contemporary art” and “a kind of trade show as fun fair, both commercially down-and-dirty and aggressively high-minded at once.” Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center and WestportNow contributing photographer, was on hand Thursday for a VIP preview. The show runs only through Monday and all tickets must be purchased online in advance here. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 11, 2012
WN on the Scene: NY’s Annual Contemporary Art Fair
The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, ends today at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan. Now celebrating its 14th year, The Armory Show has re-established itself as the most adventurous and dynamic contemporary art fair in New York City. WestportNow contributing photographer Helen Klisser During, who is director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center and an arts advisor to The Armory Show, takes WestportNow readers on a photo tour. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Saturday, February 25, 2012
WN on the Scene: Oscar Excitement Building
Excitement is building in Hollywood in advance of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony. WestportNow contributing photographer Phyllis Groner was on the scene at The Hollywood and Highland Center (newly changed from The Kodak Theatre), home to the Oscars since 2002. It is located in the Hollywood and Highland shopping mall and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue adjacent to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, home to the Oscars ceremony in 1944-46. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
WN on the Scene: ‘One of the Most Influential Artists’
A preview of an exhibit of works by Cindy Sherman, widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art, drew crowds Tuesday night to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Bringing together more than 170 photographs, this retrospective survey traces the artist’s career from the mid 1970s to the present. “She’s undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of our time,” said Eva Respini, associate curator of photography at MoMA, who has spent the last two years organizing Sherman’s retrospective. The exhibit opens to the public on Sunday. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Our New Year’s Gift to Readers
The year 2011 in Westport was the busiest news year since WestportNow began publishing in 2003 and we were there every day, 24 hours a day, providing news and photos – many of them exclusive – to our readers. Click HERE for the year in review in pictures..
When a gunman killed a jeweler in December at his Post Road East business, WestportNow was first to break the news and publish pictures of the crime scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Snow, rain, winds, power outages, a successful hunt for a suspected killer, a devastating church fire, and the murder of a popular jeweler with his killer still on the loose brought readers in record numbers to WestportNow.
So many, in fact, that our servers strained under the load in the final two months of the year. November and December brought more than half a million page views each month and unique monthly visitors topped out at just under 82,000 as measured by third party media monitors.
The year 2011 also saw new features on WestportNow, including a weekly in-depth look at the real estate market – a popular subject among readers – and occasional views of events around the world through the eyes of contributing photographers, including riots in Athens, an art fair in Miami, political happenings in Hartford, and protests and concerts in New York.
We are deeply indebted to our contributing reporters and photographers and the hundreds of WestportNow readers who sent us their news and pictures to share with readers. We also thank our advertisers for their support—WestportNow is still the most cost-effective media buy in the market. We wish all of them and you a happy and healthy 2012.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Westporters sent scores of pictures of today’s storm to WestportNow, too many to publish individually. So here is a collection of many of them. WestportNow is grateful for your contributions. Contributed photos to WestportNow.com
Friday, December 31, 2010
Our Annual New Year’s Gift to Readers
For Westport, the year 2010 brought much news—storms and tragedies but also many times of joy and the breathtaking beauty. And WestportNow was there every day to document it all.
A traveler just off the train at Westport in May 2010 looks for a ride. It was not known why she was dressed in costume—a picture from WestportNow’s 2010 Year in Review. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
So 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 2010. CLICK HERE
We are pleased to continue to be your No. 1 online source for breaking and ongoing news coverage. Even though you now have more choices online, you continue to come to WestportNow in increasing numbers—just as you have every day since 2003.
We now average more than 400,000 page views a month and 55,000 unique visitors, making WestportNow the most cost-effective advertising medium in Westport. Please patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestporNow.
We are grateful for your ongoing support and look forward to continue to serve Westport in 2011. Best New Year wishes!
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport